WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - In a ceremony in Wood-Ridge High School auditorium, Liam Winslow and Samantha Perez along signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday morning. Joining them were teammates, coaches, parents, administrators, and teachers.
“This is my favorite day of the year,” said Wood-Ridge athletic director Marc Sinclair. “It is a day where we celebrate the accomplishments of our student-athletes, as well as their future accomplishments.”
Winslow will attend Rutgers-Newark and will play baseball. The three-sport standout received praise from Wood-Ridge baseball coach Mike Carcich.
“Liam is the best all-around athlete I have had at Wood-Ridge,” Carcich stated. "He has played all over the diamond for us, and has played every position at one point or another. He is 16 hits short of 100, which is quite an accomplishment for a high school player. He would be only the third player I have had to reach 100.
“He has been a starter since his freshman year, and he is a leader,” Carcich continued. “He was a leader for us last year as a junior, and we are counting on him to be a leader once again.”
Perez, a catcher, will attend DeSales University in Pennsylvania.
“I am very happy for her,“ said Wood-Ridge softball coach Andrea Marino. “She has been outstanding her first three years, and we are counting on her again this year.”
Perez said she chose DeSales, which was one of several schools, because she said she ‘“fell in love with the school.”
“I love everything about the school,” Perez stated. “The campus, the team, the coaches, the fact I can pursue my major (Education) and still play softball. I also want to thank everyone who has gotten me here today, my parents, my coaches, my teammates, my friends, I am very thankful for all their help and support.”
Winslow similarly wanted to thank his parents and coaches, and is appreciative of the opportunity he has coming up.
“I chose Rutgers-Newark because it is a great school, with a great business program,“ Winslow stated. “I am excited about playing there. They have a new field they are going to be playing on next year (they used to play at Bears Stadium in Newark), a new coach.”
Winslow said he was not sure were Rutgers-Newark was going to use him.
“Probably in the middle of the infield,” Winslow said. “But it does not matter. Anywhere they need me is fine.”
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